Proverbs 16:32
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New International Version
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

New Living Translation
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

English Standard Version
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

New American Standard Bible
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

King James Bible
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Patience is better than power, and controlling one's temper, than capturing a city.

International Standard Version
Whoever controls his temper is better than a warrior, and anyone who has control of his spirit is better than someone who captures a city.

NET Bible
Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that is patient is better than a mighty man, and he that subdues himself, than he that seizes a city.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to get angry slowly than to be a hero. Better to be even-tempered than to capture a city.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

King James 2000 Bible
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

American King James Version
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

American Standard Version
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The patient man is better than the valiant: and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh cities.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

English Revised Version
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

World English Bible
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the slow to anger than the mighty, And the ruler over his spirit than he who is taking a city.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:27,28. Ungodly men bestow more pains to do mischief than would be needful to do good. The whisperer separates friends: what a hateful, but how common a character! 29,30. Some do all the mischief they can by force and violence, and are blind to the result. 31. Old people especially should be found in the way of religion and godliness. 32. To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy. 33. All the disposal of Providence concerning our affairs, we must look upon to be the determining what we referred to God; and we must be reconciled to them accordingly. Blessed are those that give themselves up to the will of God; for he knows what is good for them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 32. - He that is slow to anger (Proverbs 14:29) is better than the mighty. The long suffering, non-irascible man is more of a hero than the valiant commander of a great army. One overcomes external foes or obstacles; the other conquers himself; as it is said, And he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city (Proverbs 25:28). 'Pirke Aboth,' 4:1, "Who is the hero? The man that restrains his thoughts." Maxims about self-mastery are common enough. Says an unknown poet, "Fortior est qui se quam qui fortissima vincit Moenia, nec virtus altius ire potest." So Publ. Syr., 'Sent.,' 795, "Fortior est qui cupiditates suas, quam qui hostes subjicit." And the mediaeval jingle -

"Linguam fraenare
Plus est quam castra domare."
At the end of this verse the Alexandrian Manuscript of the Septuagint, followed by later hands in some other uncials, adds, "and a man having prudence [is better] than a great farm."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty,.... Than a mighty warrior or conqueror; as Alexander who conquered his enemies, and even all the world, and yet in his wrath slew his best friends: a man that is slow to anger is esteemed by the Lord, respected by men, and is happy in himself; and is preferable to the strongest man that is not master of himself and of his passions;

and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city; one that has the command of his temper, that can govern himself, and not suffer his passions to exceed due bounds, is superior in strength to him that can storm a castle or take a fortified city; it is easier to do the one than the other; courage of mind joined with wisdom, and assisted by a proper number of persons, may do the one; but it requires the grace of God, and the assistance of his spirit, thoroughly to do the other. Cicero says (t), in all ages

"fewer men are found who conquer their own lusts than that overcome the armies of enemies.''

(t) Epist. l. 5. Ephesians 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. (Compare Pr 14:29).

taketh a city—that is, by fighting.

Proverbs 16:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
31A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness. 32He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. 33The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.
Cross References
James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

2 Kings 5:12
Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 16:31
Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.

Proverbs 19:11
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 25:28
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

Ecclesiastes 7:8
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
Treasury of Scripture

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